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November 2017

Senior of Significance 2017 Two CDIS seniors attended the Senior of Significance Banquet. (11/30/2017)
CDIS 2 1325 McKenzie Landis (holding two over-sized checks) delivered a flawless on the profession of Speech-Language Pathology that not only earned the first place in the University-wide 3 Minute Presentation (3MP) competition but the People’s Choice Award as well. Sundari “Sunni" Ethridge participated (holding the over-sized check behind McKenzie Landis) in a lucky drawing and won $250 for professional development as well as won the CDIS program $2,000 for graduate student travel. McKenzie Landis also participated in a lucky drawing for 3MP contestants in the preliminary and finals and won $250 that would cover for her professional developments costs. Congratulations to Mackenzie and Sunni. This is the second year in a row that CDIS has won the first place in 3MP as well as the People’s Choice Award. (11/6/2017)

September 2017

Apraxia Walk 2017 Join the OSU NSSLHA team, create your own team or register as an individual at

The walk is $15 for students and will be held the morning of Saturday, September 30 on campus. Invite a friend or two to walk with you!

August 2017

V. Freeman

Y. Zhang
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders would like to welcome our new faculty members. Drs. Valerie Freeman and Yu Zhang.

Dr. Freeman completed her doctoral education at the University of Washington, following which she pursued her postdoctoral fellowship at the Indiana University. Dr. Zhang completed his doctoral education at Ohio University. It is a great pleasure to have you both on board.
Accredited  The M.S program in Speech-Language Pathology was awarded continued accreditation for a period of eight years beginning 7/1/2017 through 6/30/2025 by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Please click here to see the accreditation decision and letter.
Alice Wang Alice Wang is a senior in CDIS and is one of the 40 students being selected among over 200 applicants to attend the ASHA convention this year in Los Angeles through the ASHA Minority Student Leadership Program.

July 2017

kaipa ramesh 300 Dr. Ramesh Kaipa recently attended the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Pathways program that was conducted at the ASHA’s national office in Rockville, MD on the 12th and 13th of July 2017. The role of the Pathways program is to mentor early-career clinical scientists in developing strong foundations for independent research careers. This is an application-based competitive program in which approximately 10 early-career researchers are paired with experienced research mentors during the two-day meeting period.

Not only did Dr. Ramesh Kaipa attend this program, but he also has recently been named a recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) 2017 Advancing Academic-Research (AARC) Award. Dr. Kaipa is one of 10 awardees this year. The AARC Award is intended to facilitate greater retention of pre-tenured, PhD-level faculty in our discipline. The award provides a $5,000 stipend to support mentored teaching and research activities.

June 2017

Aphasia 2 The camp is hosted by the OSU-Tulsa Communication Sciences and Disorders Program, which prepares speech-language pathologists to work in clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and schools. Students also get hands-on training and experience with community pediatric evaluations, speech-language therapy and newborn hearing screenings throughout the year at the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus.

The participation of graduate student clinicians at Cowboy Aphasia Camp distinguishes the program from others throughout the country. The camp provides graduate students an opportunity to hone their professional skills and ability to help people with aphasia in recovery. (6/12/2017)

May 2017

Caitlyn Gilbert pic  Caitlyn Gilbert , a CDIS senior, received the Women’s Faculty Council Student Research Award in recognition of the quality of her research project. This prestigious award was open to all undergraduate and graduate students within the university. Her research was the “Use of Interpreters by Monolingual and Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists in the U.S. - A Survey Study” and her advisor was Dr. Parveen. (5/12/2017)
Emma Kincade 2017 CDIS Junior, Emma Kincade has earned a Udall Scholarship for her student leadership and health-related accomplishemnts. To read more about Emma Kincade and her accomplishments click here. (5/3/17)

April 2017

C Square Candace Square has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship that will take her to Israel for the 2017-2018 academic year. The prestigious program places recent American graduates in schools around the world where they act as an ambassador for the United States and help improve foreign students’ English language abilities. (4/12/2017)
Golden Torch Award 2017 Since its formation in 1930, the Achafoa chapter of Mortar Board has recognized members for their superior scholastic abilities, outstanding leadership, and dedicated service to OSU. Each year, members of the Achafoa chapter of Mortar Board at OSU nominate and select an outstanding faculty member from each college whom the chapter believes has made significant contributions toward to the success of students. This year, Dr. Ramesh Kaipa was chosen from the College of Arts & Sciences to receive the Golden Torch Award at the Mortar Board Initiation Ceremony on April 2, 2017. Dr. Kaipa was recognized for his contributions to promote student success at OSU (4/3/2017)
Mortarboard Honor Society CDIS Students Averie Hinchey (right) and Allison Brockette (middle) were initiated into the Mortar Board Honor Society on April 2, 2017. CDIS student Bethany Howard (left) was honored as a retiring member. (4/3/2017)

March 2017

Excellence in Diversity Education Small The Communications Sciences and Disorders received a top ranking for number of Native American undergraduate students graduated, according to Diverse’s annual Top 100 rankings, along with an eighth ranking for students of two or more races. Click here to read more. (3/31/2017)
mayorga lorena One of CDIS's seniors, Lorena Mayorga, was named one of OSU's Outstanding Seniors by the OSU Alumni Association Student Awards and Selection Committee. The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU. 

Click here to read the full article with all of the Outstanding Seniors recognized. (3/24/2017)
Claire Thomas Claire Thomas is going to an intensive language program at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in Caen, France for six weeks this summer. The program consists of daily linguistic training and also various cultural modules. Because of the Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship, she is now able to double major in CDIS and French and looks forward to continuing her French degree! 

February 2017

peter richtsmeier 300 Dr. Peter Richtsmeier was accepted to attend the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Lessons for Success workshop. The workshop is limited to 30 participants (typically with grantwriting experience) who are chosen through a competitive application process. Over three days in late April, Dr. Richtsmeier and the other attendees will receive intensive training in the areas of (a) grant preparation and funding opportunities, (b) development and management of a successful program of research, and (c) advancement of professional competencies. More information about the Lessons for Success program can be found here. (2/24/2017)

January 2017

Laura Morris Laura Morris, a second year graduate student, received the inaugural Advanced Therapy Scholarship on January 27, 2017. This scholarship is provided to a graduate student who demonstrates scholarly excellence and a passion for travel therapy. (1/27/2017)

December 2016

baldwin outstanding advisorLeslie Baldwin received the Outstanding Advisor Award at the University Convocation Awards Ceremony on December 2. This prestigious award is given to individuals with an outstanding track record in student advising. Congratulations Leslie. (12/2/2016)


November 2016

Bethany Howard ASHABethany Howard presented her Honors thesis at the recently concluded 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The convention witnessed a record number of attendees in excess of 16,000 and Bethany's poster was well received. Bethany’s Honors thesis is investigating the role of practice distribution in learning French utterances and is directed by Dr. Ramesh Kaipa. (11/28/16)


seniors significanceThe Oklahoma State University Alumni Association recognized 43 students as OSU Seniors of Significance for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU. (11/28/16)

Please click here to know more about the Seniors of Significance Award


participation awardThe Graduate College sponsored a program 3MP participation award for the programs with the highest percentage of their eligible students participating in the 3MP. The CDIS program was recognized as the program with the most students (Jessie Kresge, Klairissa Tolf, and Natalie Miller) participating in the non-thesis master's category. CDIS was awarded $600 to support student professional development related travel expenses. Congratulations to all the graduate students. (11/28/16)


natalie millerNatalie Miller was one of the 12 finalists to participate in the second annual OSU Graduate College's Three Minute Presentation (3MP) competition on November 10, 2016. Natalie spoke on autism and delivered an exceptional presentation. Natalie not only won the University 3MP finals but also received the People's Choice Award. Congratulations Natalie. Please click here to read about the outcomes of recently concluded Graduate College's 3MP competition. (11/10/2016)

Please click here to read about the outcomes of recently concluded Graduate College's 3MP competition


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